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Lighting how-to: Light wands with two subjects


May 2017 issue Tech

To review the BrightSaber Travel Portable Light Wand by Polaroid ($69.99), I took a break from my typical three-light portrait practices to use continuous lights. I had the Travel BrightSaber and the LightSaber Pro ($170) to experiment with.The Travel Portable Light Wand comes with four color filters and has 10 power settings. Both the Pro and the Travel versions are comfortable to hold and easy to mount on light stands.I wanted the camera-to-subject distance to be far enough away to use a... Continue Reading >

Adobe Photoshop CC 2017: Select and Mask technique tutorial


12.16.2016 Tech

Photographers with the Creative Cloud subscription for Adobe Photoshop anticipate, and sometimes dread, the big new-name version releases that Adobe engineers have prepared. With the Photoshop CC 2017 release, both camps seem to have found something to discuss.Only two additions in the new release are truly important for photographers familiar with Photoshop. And one of these, Select and Mask, discussed in detail in the tutorial below, has become the subject of considerable controversy.... Continue Reading >

Light it right


October 2015 issue Tech

Octabank vs. beauty dishFor many years well-meaning mentors have given photographers lighting recipes in the form of detailed descriptions and diagrams. They present rigorous lighting formulas with the belief that they’re helping photographers understand the intricacies of lighting by offering specific schemes to follow. I believe in going beyond recipes to understand the complexities of lighting, the theories behind good photographic lighting, and the why’s of light and shadow control.... Continue Reading >
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